Homemade bagels recipe - A delicious baked treat from your kitchen

Homemade Bagels

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12 bagels
Homemade bagels are easier to make than you think! Enjoy them for breakfast, or as an alternative to sandwich bread. And don't forget the schmear.
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  • 4-5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour divided
  • 3 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast If using yeast from a jar check the label for equivalency
  • cups very warm water 120-130 F
  • 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 egg white lightly beaten


  • In a large bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, combine 1½ cups flour, white sugar, salt and undissolved yeast.
  • While beating slowly, drizzle in warm water. Mix by hand for 4 minutes, or with stand mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Scrape bowl as needed.
  • Add ½ cup flour and beat rapidly by hand for 3 minutes, or with stand mixer on high for 1 minute, scraping bowl.
  • Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough, usually around 2 cups. If you're adding flavors, now is the time to mix them in.
  • Turn onto lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic (around 10 minutes), or knead with the stand mixer for 5 minutes.
  • Place dough in UNGREASED bowl, cover with a clean dish towel and let rise in warm, draft-free place for 25 minutes. (Note: dough will not double in size!)
  • Punch down dough and turn onto a lightly floured board.
  • Lightly shape dough into a rounded 12-inch long log.
  • Cut 12 equal-sized slices from the dough log. Push your thumb through the center of each slice to make a hole, and use your fingers to shape the dough around the hole into something that looks like a bagel.
  • Place on a lightly floured baking board and cover with a clean kitchen towel. Let rise in warm, draft free place for 20 minutes. (Note: dough will not double in size!)
  • While dough rises, fill a large shallow pan with water up to 2 inches in depth. Bring to boil, and stir in brown sugar.
  • Also while dough rises, preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Lower heat on stove to a simmer, then add 3 bagels to water at a time. Simmer for 3 minutes, flip, and simmer for an additional 3 minutes.
  • Remove bagels from water with slotted spoon and place on a rack to cool.
  • Grease two cookie sheets or line with Silpat mat.
  • When all bagels have cooled for 5 minutes, transfer them to cookie sheets, keeping them around 1 inch apart.
  • Bake bagels at 375 F for 10 minutes.
  • While bagels bake, combine egg white and 1 tbsp. cold water in small bowl.
  • Remove bagels from oven and brush with egg white mixture. (Note: if you want to top your bagels with onion flakes, poppy seeds, garlic powder, Kosher salt or other goodies, now's the time.)
  • Return bagels to oven and bake an additional 20 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Remove bagels from oven and cool on wire rack.